Seriously? Is this the best guy they could get to read this book? This guy is without a doubt the most annoying reader I have encountered thus far.
Imagine the worst impression possible you could make of an ultra rich Connecticut blue blood. This guy sounds like a caricature . The inflection the guy puts on the end of every sentence is just grating to listen to. You will know what i mean if you choose to listen to this.
Ultimately my journey with this series ends here. The story wasn't awful, and I got the book on sale for $5. It's not good enough for a credit but I would consider getting the second one if it was on sale.
It reminds me of a story a bunch of drunk teens might write if they were hanging out in their mom's basement.
A robot arm destroys some guys entire family and 5 minutes later he wants to get down and dirty with some stranger. That's just the kind of stuff that you write up while laughing like Beavis and Butthead.
Nothing wrong with some mindless action here and there, but it's sort of average. I'll keep looking for something more compelling.
I always liked this story. Sure it has it's problems and also I understand people don't like Orson Scott Card's personal politics... ok I get all that.
This version still stands out! Great audio-drama and an awesome new way to revisit this story. I wish more of my favorite books would re-release in this format. Imagine lord of the rings as a full cast audio-drama?
Ok, so my recommendation is if you liked Ender's game this is going to be a great way to revisit that story. Don't buy this if you hated Ender's game as obviously you still aren't going to like it.
I would read or listen to Ender's game first before I listened to this version. This, to me, is a great bonus for the fans of that story.
OK so I finished the legion of the damned series. To me these are filler books that I listened to while I waited for more credits to arrive or a decent audible $5 sale to come up. I got the first one in a $5 sale and it was "good enough" for me to get through them.
It's not bad, but it's very dry. It's reads more like a text book than a novel. Character X did Y. Character A did B.
Basically it's more of a narration of events than a story. The events themselves are somewhat interesting, and the tech isn't too outlandish. You do have some issues like "with all this tech why are the battles so primitive?"
So basically if you can accept the belief that in the far flung future warfare has basically devolved to WW2 levels of sophistication + cyborgs then you can get a little bit of enjoyment from this series.
If your looking for a series of "can't put it down" novels then this isn't going to cut it.
It's filler material that passes the time. Plain and simple. Not terrible but certainly not great.
As a 37 year old man, of course the movie "the never ending story" brings up warm and fuzzy memories. It was a great movie and is still great when you go back and view it again as an adult.
When this book went on a sale for $5 I decided to pick up a copy just for fun. As an avid reader I almost always love the book better than the movie.
I realize this is a children's book, but it was just bad. What was especially torturous was the second half of the book, I decided, in the end to just not finish this.
Stick with the movie if you want a quick jolt of warm and fuzzy childhood nostalgia. The book just isn't going to work for you.
A story that wasn't insanely boring.
This might have been a great book. I'm not really sure, I kept drifting off during this book. Thinking about groceries, work, my to-do list at home. When I would go back into the book there would be some new character I had never heard before doing or talking about something in their world I didn't really care about.
There is some pilgrimage, there are a lot of characters, you learn about a lot of strange religions and theoretical jumps in human evolution.
This void is out there, where people have some dreams or something.
Then you lose interest, and find yourself rewinding the same chapter over and over again to figure out what the heck is going on.
Your quest is futile, it's just too boring. Your consciousness is in and out with only 5 minutes of listening time randomly per 30 minutes of content.
bla bla bla bla bla .... some description of a brand new character talking about uploading their brain to the internet... bla bla bla bla bla... some lady is shopping for robots with a sales clerk who is 6 people at once... bla bla bla.... we are on a ship where some people dream a lot.... bla bla bla...
I'm 60% into the book and I literally have no idea what is going on.
Yes, I am currently listening to the breakers series w/ David Simpson. My biggest issue with Mr. Simpson is that he chooses one character in every series to growl non-stop. In the "post-human" series that character is "Old Timer"
I'm not sure what's up with that, but it gets old real fast. Nobody talks like that 24-7.
This book just had a lot of ridiculousness in it. I was having trouble suspending my disbelief while reading this series. It wasn't an awful book by any means, but it also just wasn't compelling enough for me to continue.
In a nutshell, having lots of large global scale events doesn't make up for the fact that the characters are uninteresting. This is re-enforced by the voice acting, where the main character talks as if he were trying to imitate a lion the entire time.
As a computer programmer, I don't get the main frame thing.. it's just boring to me... distributed computing exists so why would the AI hole themselves up in one big, vulnerable computer?
At the end of the day I noticed there were 5 books in this series so I decided it was time to cut my losses and move onto something else.
The first book in this series was a somewhat interesting commentary on the human condition. The book itself was average at best, but I thought I would give the second book a try.
This book is honestly not very good, and I can't see myself sitting through the ending. At this point I have lost interest in the series and don't see myself caring too much how it ends.
I do love the dystopian genre, but this book wasn't for me.
I got this as a free download, and thought it was worth a listen. If I would have paid for it, that would have changed my review as it is somewhat brief.
This held my attention and had some good acting. If you enjoy a good audio drama I would listen to this, unless you have to pay more than a few dollars for it, then it is worth your time.
There are some interesting concepts in this book. I enjoyed some of the rules surrounding use of magic, but overall this reminds me of Al Bundy recalling his touchdowns at Polk High.
The characters are forgettable and the world is not very well defined. You really don't get a sense of the landscape of the world or it's boundaries. You do understand there is a university. Overall this is a pretty thin world with some OK character development.
Slow moving story with annoying characters in a poorly defined world.
I just don't care for the characters that were developed and will be moving on to find another fantasy series that can hopefully suck me in. Maybe I need to finally bight the bullet and read Robert Jordan.
I have not. The narrator carried the story, providing some good character voice work.
It passed the time. It wasn't completely terrible. I would say "maybe"
It's a pass for me. Didn't suck me in but I did get to the end. I think I need to start reading every fantasy book that get's one star. I am feeling pretty out of sync with the visitors of this site and the fantasy books that they enjoy.
No I would not. After reading this book you have no real clear understanding of the fantasy world they live in, either it's boundaries or customs. You have very little depth of attachment to even the characters you do get to encounter.
You really don't even know the main character or care about her even a little bit at the end of this so called story.
The fact that nothing really happens, you don't care at all what happens and that you just want it to end. I'm really surprised I got to the end. When the protagonist get's in a bit of trouble at the end you really could care less if she is eaten by wolves or makes it back.
You don't know her at all, and thus just have a distant interest in the fact that at least something is happening in the story.
It's been over a month, I have forgotten every character in the book. Is character too strong of a word for this?
The narrator was good. Good narration and I wouldn't hesitate to read another book read by this narrator
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